Skip to main content

APTonCD : Create local removable repository of downloaded packages

I have a really slow internet connection in the university i am studying in so for installing applications i have to usually keep my laptop powered on for considerable period of time this almost makes it impossible for me to remove my existing Ubuntu installation and do fresh new installation again as i risk losing all my downloaded packages.

APTonCD is a tool that can help you precisely in such situations . Whenever you install applications via synaptic/apt-get/aptitude the corresponding Debian files are downloaded and stored ( /var/cache/apt/archives) then they are installed on your system . APTonCD helps you create local repositories of these downloaded package files along with all its dependencies on a CD/DVD so that you could install these application on any computer whether internet connection is available or not using apt-get tool.

APTonCD is availble in Ubuntu official repositories and could be installed easily by issuing the following command in the terminal window :
sudo apt-get install aptoncd
After above step is completed you could launch APTonCD from (System->Administration->APTonCD ) .

Opening screen of APTonCD

Now to create ISO of packages presently availble on your system press "Create" button or to "Restore" from already created ISO/CD/DVD press "Restore" button .

When you click on "Create" button it shows all the packages available which could be used to create the local repository ISO . You can remove packages from the list or add more from alternate locations in this list.

After you have finalized packages with which you want to create local repository ISO clicking on the "Burn" button takes you to window where you finally chose what kind of media you would like to burn these files onto CD/DVD and location where to store this ISO created.

Once CD/DVD/ISO is created packages from it can be easily installed by clicking on the "Restore" button of the APTonCD . "Restore" basically copies files from CD/DVD back to APT cache so that when you install any package using apt-get/aptitude they can be installed quickly without having to download those packages from the internet.

Overall APTonCD is an extremely useful application that could help you reinstall ubuntu easily without having to worry much about downloading all the packages again .

Article Written by : Ambuj Varshney (blogambuj@gmail.com)
For Desktop on Linux Blog , http://linuxondesktop.blogspot.com
(C) 2008 , Ambuj Varshney


Comments

  1. Wow thanks again for another great post, I have been looking for something like this, Its the only thing i disliked about linux. (having to download everything again if i reinstall ubuntu) Whenever i re-installed xp i just had all my .exe software files on an external hard drive i would then re-install all my apps again really simply, now i can do that with ubuntu, THANKS

    ReplyDelete
  2. YESSS!!! This is what I have been looking for ,fruitlessly, for months! Maybe even years! I have a standalone desktop computer at my home, where I have NO network access. It is impossible for me to get updates or universe/multiverse programs (MP3 support, mostly) onto it. I hope this works!! Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

13 Things to do immediately after installing Ubuntu

In this article i describe some of the things to do immediately after installing ubuntu on your machine . Since most of the people reading this would be shifting from Windows to Linux with a system dual booting so i would focus more on making transition easy from Windows to Linux.

Creating Your ultimate Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop

Ubuntu 7.10 Codenamed Gusty Gibbon was released few weeks back with much fanfare ,now Ubuntu for past couple of years has been one of the most popular Desktop Linux distributions . Ubuntu 7.10 includes a number of features , applets and Wizards to simplify desktop Linux experience however because of many licensing restrictions it does not include out of the box support for popular audio/video codecs and many commercial but good applications . Also because of the limitation of trying to accommodate all kind of applications on single CD Ubuntu comes with a limited set of applications .

Now , i often have arguments with my friends who are new to computers that windows is…

Over 16 Small Games For Ubuntu Linux

Over 16 Small Games For Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu Linux is one of the most popular Linux distribution , it is especially popular among Linux newbies and windows refuges . Now Ubuntu Linux does come with a descent set of applications , still there is a scope for including some more quality applications and especially games . Now in this tutorial i will show you how to install a large number of small , easy and less resource hungry games on Ubuntu Linux with screen-shots of games .


1. Rocks 'n' Diamonds

Rocks 'n' Diamonds is a Boulderd*sh game for X11 with more than just the falling rocks and diamonds of its namesake. The object is still to collect all the diamonds (and emeralds), then get to the exit before time runs out. But your character must make use of bombs, spaceships, and many other elements in order to fill his quota of jewels.

Installation : -

Type the following command in the terminal window

wget http://www.artsoft.org/RELEASES/unix/rocksndiamonds/rocksndiamonds-3.2…

Making Music(Beats) on Linux/Ubuntu with Hydrogen

I am going to review a couple of Music Making Softwares for Linux and am starting with the simplest and one of the best!HYDROGEN. Hydrogen basically is a pattern based drum programming software which in layman terms means, it allows you to make your own beats.And in case you aren't much into music, you might be wondering “what the hell will i do with this piece of software”...well here is a word from my friends who've tried this: “Its pretty fun playing with this software, n even without knowing much, you could actually MAKE SUM MUSIC!!!”

There was this software called Acoustica Beatcraft(for windows) which actually introduced me to this beat making stuff and I was quite interested, but sadly it was too costly for me to buy it. So i was stuck using the trial version of the software and sadly as soon as i got the grip of the software the trial expired, and so my search began for software which would do the stuff for me and luckily i found this amazing piece of software HY…